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BELOIT, Wis. — The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) will expand the area’s summer entertainment calendar and brighten the summer night skies with an outdoor film program offering something for every taste starting in June.
The new “BIFF Outdoors” program is made possible with the acquisition of a CineBox Pro outdoor movie system including a 20-foot-wide movie screen that can be inflated outdoors as well as inside in less than a minute.
The summer program will include free screenings of popular and classic films as well as selections from the rich BIFF archive of past favorites. Locations will include outdoor settings in Beloit, Wis., Rockton, Ill., and Janesville, Wis., throughout the balmy months of the year.
“BIFF Outdoors” will open Friday, June 28, at Telfer Park with a showing of the 2011 Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball. The dramatic film, starring Brad Pitt, is about the Beloit Snappers’ major league partner, the Oakland Athletics, and the A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget.
A summer highlight will come Wednesday, July 17, with a “sing-along” presentation of the 1982 family classic Annie in front of the Krueger Pool main entrance. The film will be presented with the words to the songs appearing at the bottom of the screen to allow the audience to join in the singing.
Other special screenings will include the Oscar-winning Lincoln at the Lincoln Tallman House at the Rock County Historical Society Aug. 17. It will be shown beneath the windows of the bedroom, where the president slept during a campaign visit to the area in 1859.
The cult classic The Breakfast Club starring the “Brat Pack” was selected by a majority of Beloit College students as the film they wanted to see Aug. 27 during their first week back on campus. The film, along with music from one of Beloit College’s top bands, will be seen in front of Middle College and will be the first of a series of “Movies at The Middle” at the college.
The irresistible 1984 martial arts film Karate Kid will be the Sept. 14 offering and will be seen at the Old Settlers Park at the First National Bank office location in Rockton. This will be the original Karate Kid that inspired a generation of young martial artists to “wax on, wax off” as they learned that the secret to karate lies in the mind and heart.
The program will conclude Saturday, Oct. 5, with audiences screaming for more, or just screaming, with the presentation of the Alfred Hitchcock 1963 classic The Birds. And to make sure this Halloween warm-up is a memorable evening, the film will be presented in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville, Wis.
All films will begin at dusk and exact starting times will be announced closer to presentation. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for seating, and concessions will be available.
Visit beloitfilmfest.org or call (608) 313-1200 for more details.
Posted June 26, 2013